Is Thanksgiving disrespectful to Native Americans? | The Tylt
Is Thanksgiving disrespectful to Native Americans?
Many argue you can be honest about America's history and still celebrate Thanksgiving—the holiday has evolved into a day where we focus on gratitude. Can you practice being grateful for what you have while still acknowledging the realities of American history?
Some of us celebrate thanksgiving just to be thankful, not bc of the history behind it.
Entitled "Everything You Know About Thanksgiving is WRONG," this MTV video tries to set the record straight about what really happened—but it's a tough sell. Most Americans are really attached to the beauty of the Thanksgiving story, and don't want to think of it as a whitewashed myth.
Other Americans don't think that much about it—it's just a great day where we get to cook and eat with our families, think about what we're grateful for, maybe watch some football. The historical context matters less than the tradition of family and the personal meaning they attach to the holiday.